Media Watch – Dec 21 (am)

By on 21/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Road gritters out as ice expected  (BBC)
The city council said it was using extra salt on the roads
Road gritters have been out in the Birmingham area amid forecasts that overnight temperatures in parts of the region could plummet to -6C.
BCC gritters praised on BBC WM
Gritting Update –

Pope wants our £3m gold (Daily Express, Dec 21, Sunday Mercury Dec 20)
The Pope wants to take a £3.3million hoard of Anglo Saxon gold to the Vatican, it was claimed yesterday. Experts believe the 1,500 items could be the lost treasures of St Edwin, the first Christian king of Northumbria in the seventh century.

Birmingham’s art set on cultural revolution (Birmingham Post online)
Political editor Jon Walker looks at the economic and social benefits of Birmingham becoming the first UK City of Culture.

Lenny Henry gets place on Birmingham’s Walk of Stars 
Comedian Lenny Henry has been given a plaque ahead of being honoured on Birmingham’s Walk of Stars. The Dudley-born comedian was awarded his plaque by Birmingham Lord Mayor at the city’s Broad Street.

£2bn car park bill (News of the World, Dec 20)
Greedy councils are exploiting motorists by raking in almost £2billion a year in parking fees and fines. BCC in top ten outside London with £24m

Regional Headlines

Crimewatch appeal over woman’s petrol murder 
Detectives trying to find two men who killed a mother by setting her alight are renewing their appeal 15 years after her death. Tracy Mertens, 31, from Rochdale, was abducted in Birmingham and doused in petrol in a Cheshire churchyard on 23 December, 1994. She died hours later.

Pedestrian, 13, badly hurt by car 
A 13-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries when he was hit by a car in the Black Country.
Travel firm enters administration 
A Hertfordshire-based travel firm has gone into administration, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed.

National Headlines

Eurostar launches train breakdowns inquiry 
Eurostar has launched an immediate review into train breakdowns over the weekend which have stranded and delayed tens of thousands of passengers.

Copenhagen climate summit held to ransom – Gordon Brown 
Gordon Brown will accuse a small group of countries of holding the Copenhagen climate summit talks to ransom.

Buckingham Palace urged to make funding letters public 
Letters between Buckingham Palace and the government about funding for royal palaces should be made public, the Information Commissioner has said.
Police role in toddler disappearance to be investigated 
The police’s role in the disappearance of an 18-month-girl who was mistakenly handed over to an impostor at a police station is to be investigated.
Rage Against the Machine beat X Factor winner in charts 
Rock band Rage Against The Machine has won the most competitive battle in years for the Christmas number one. The band’s single, Killing In The Name, sold 500,000 downloads beating X Factor winner Joe McElderry’s The Climb by 50,000 copies to clinch the top spot.

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